- Dyson, George Allan
- George Allan Dyson papers
- 1.5 linear feet, (1 container)
- Collection Number
- Ax 244
- George Allan Dyson was born in England in 1843 and his family moved to the United States soon after. In 1861 Dyson sailed to California to work in the gold mines. A few years later he moved to Brownsville, Oregon and established the town’s first newspaper, the Brownsville Advertiser, in 1878. Dyson mined in central Idaho in the 1880s, and moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1899, where he worked as a tinsmith until his death in 1935. The collection consists of diaries, letters, ledgers, manuscripts and an autobiography.
- University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
1299 University of Oregon
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Historical NoteReturn to Top
George Allan Dyson was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, in 1843 and came to the United States around 1845. In 1861, he went to California, via Panama, and worked in San Francisco, St. Helena, California, and Gold Hill, Nevada, as a tinsmith and gold miner. He returned to the Midwest in 1869, but came west again in 1874, this time to Brownsville, Oregon. He established the town’s first newspaper, the Brownsville Advertiser, in 1878, mined in central Idaho in the 1880s, and moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1899, where he resumed his trade as a tinsmith.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The George Allan Dyson Papers consist of diaries for 1861-1866, 1868-1870, 1908, 1919, and 1931, a letterbook containing copies of letters sent from Virginia City, Nevada, in 1867, and descriptive essays about Virginia City, and two ledgers, 1892-1893, 1905-1924. Among letters received are fifty-five from Fannie L. Chapman, 1868-1870, written from Black Earth, Wisconsin, Bellvue, Nebraska, Paradise, California, and St. Helena, California. Unpublished manuscripts include a fifty-two-page autobiography titled “Geoffrey Dayton,” and essays on mining days in Nevada. Business records include maps, reports, and descriptions of the Lucky Boy Mine, Gold Hill, Oregon, and other mine papers.
There are four manuscript periodicals in the collection, all edited by Dyson: The Star of Hope (volume 1, number 1, March 3, 1865, published by the New Year and Good Hope lodges, Independent Order Good Templars, St. Helena, California); The Templars Gazette (volume 1, number 1, March 3, 1876, published by Brownsville Lodge No. 250, I. O. G. T.); The Temperance Banner (volume 1, number 1, February 1, 1881, published by the Brownsville Blue Ribbon Club, with printed cover); The Temperance Star (n.p., n.d.).
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
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[Identification of item], George Allan Dyson Papers, Ax 244, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Collection is organized into the following series: Diaries; Diaries and notebooks; Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and business papers.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
DiariesReturn to Top
Diaries and notebooksReturn to Top
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and business papersReturn to Top
Articles and essays
Letters received, miscellaneous
Letters received, Chapman family
Ophir Mining Company
Lucky Boy Mine
Independent Order Good Templars papers
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Gold miners--West (U.S.)
- Gold mines and mining--Nevada
- Tinsmiths--West (U.S.)
- Chapman, Fannie L.--Correspondence
- Dyson, George Allan, 1843-1935--Archives
- Lucky Boy Mine (Gold Hill, Or.)
- Virginia City (Nev.)
Form or Genre Terms
- Manuscripts for publication